Missouri Historical Society President/CEO Frances Levine announces plans to retire

Frances Levine, President and CEO of the Missouri Historical Society

Frances Levine, president and CEO of the Missouri Historical Society, plans to retire in mid-2022. Since joining the institution in 2014, Levine has overseen a period of major growth for the Missouri Historical Society (MHS), which operates the Missouri History Museum, the Library & Research Center, and the Soldiers Memorial Military Museum.

The MHS Board of Trustees is forming a committee to undertake a national search for Levine’s successor. Levine will continue as president and CEO through the selection process to ensure a smooth transition.

After Levine arrived in 2014, Missouri History Museum attendance increased significantly, with three back-to-back years of more than 400,000 visitors each year. Levine oversaw the successful integration of Soldiers Memorial into the MHS organization, and the award-winning revitalization of this historic downtown landmark. Other achievements during her tenure include presenting five of the History Museum’s best attended special exhibitions, a sweeping institutional rebrand, the launch of several timely collecting initiatives, and reaccreditation at the highest level by the American Alliance of Museums (AAM).

Levine belongs to Temple Emanuel.